On Saturday, the Viet-AID Community Center in Dorchester celebrated the Lunar New Year.
Pictured: Hang Nguyen, a 23-year-old Dorchester resident, performed a traditional Vietnamese comedy.
With firecrackers, performances, and plenty of food, members of Dorchester’s Vietnamese community and local residents gathered to welcome another year and celebrate the accomplishments of 2012.
Pictured: Kathy Tran, a 17-year-old Dorchester resident, served up plenty of delicious food Saturday.
Although the New Year, also known as Tet, already started, celebrations typically occur throughout January and February.
Pictured: Elizabeth Do, an 18-year-old from Quincy and member of the Massachusetts Vietnamese Scouting Association, performed a traditional dance along with her fellow dancers in the Ethereal Dance Group.
At Saturday’s festivities, participants celebrated the rich histories of the Vietnamese people with performances, demonstrations, and singing, celebrating both the traditions brought over from Vietnam and formed in Fields Corner.
Pictured: Hieu Nguyen, a 20-year-old Worchester resident, performed Saturday with the Pho Hien Buddhist Temple group.
Generations of Vietnamese and Dorchester residents were present Saturday, celebrating both the old country and their adopted home.
Pictured: Tuyen Tran, a teacher in the center’s preschool program, guided her students through a song Saturday.
It wouldn’t be a festival without some balloon animals courtesy of Skippy the clown. Next
Saturday’s festival was all about friends and family, as generations of Vietnamese and Boston residents celebrated the New Year and new beginnings.
Pictured: Brian Nguyen, a 17-year-old from Sharon, teased Teddy Nguyen with a balloon sword.
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